United Way seeks to improve health care accessibility for individuals of all ages and to advance health and wellness in the community. United Way of Central Virginia is one of the members of the Partnership for Healthy Communities, which is conducting the 2018 community health needs assessment.

The goal is to address barriers that keep Central Virginians from being healthy: generational poverty, unfamiliarity with available health services and the lack of personal support structures.

The assessment will serve as a lighthouse to point leaders in the same direction to make the most efficient and focused efforts to address long-standing needs.


Kevin's Story

Kevin suffered for years with Diabetes. Unfortunately, a few years ago, he lost his job and found himself without insurance. He then had to use the services of United Way and get help from the Free Clinic of Central Virginia

“I’ve donated to the United Way for years, every job I ever had, and I never knew they funded the Free Clinic until we started coming here. Thank God for the United Way.”

2017 Partner Agencies Outcomes

The United Way of Central Virginia partners with not-for-profit agencies that have demonstrated their ability to address our most challenging issues, the ones below are related to Health.

Adult Day Care:

  1. 100% of participants had vital signs read monthly
  2. 100% of caregivers who responded to survey reported to survey reported confidence that health issues were addressed
  3. 93% of participants received scheduled health services
  4. 100% of caregivers reported family member experiences safety and security while in the program
  5. 84% of participants were able to remain in the program over 6months
  6. 100% of caregivers experienced relief and decreased stress
  7. 86% of caregivers would have to stop working or limit activities if family member was not in the program

Volunteer Services:

  1. A new mass care shelter was approved in Campbell County
  2. 100% of 202 blood drives in 2015 were fully staffed by volunteers
  1. Day Support Program:
    1. 97% of individuals increased or maintained daily living skills as reported by staff.
    2. 100% of individuals increased or maintained independent living skills as reported by parents/caregivers.
    3. 96% of individuals increased or maintained independent living skills as reported by staff.
    4. 100% of individuals increased or maintained independent living skills as reported by parents/caregivers
    5. 95% of individuals improved or maintained overall health as reported by staff.

Camp Meadowlark Program:

  1. 71% of campers demonstrate appropriate social skills reported by camp counselors.
  2. 93% of campers maintained appropriate social skills reported by parents/caregivers.
  3. 94% of campers/caregivers reported less stress on family.


  1. 100% of preschool participants did a physical activity daily contributing to a healthier lifestyle
  2. 100% of preschoolers received a nutritional food item daily

Assisted Transportation

  1. 98% of individuals attended healthcare appointments because of the accessibility of the transportation
  2. 92% of individuals received transportation to dialysis
  3. 92% of individuals had access to critical medications
  4. 93% of individuals had access to grocery stores

Congregate Meals:

  1. 98% of individuals participated in health screenings and educational programs
  2. 90% of individuals participated in physical exercises and activities thus experiencing increased mobility

Meals on Wheels for Seniors:

  1. 100% of individuals receive regular health and resource information

Medical Services:

  1. 85% of patients reported improvement in 8 areas of physical and emotional health
  2. 51% of patient with chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases had reduced hospitalizations
  3. 57% of patients reduced non-urgent emergency department visits

Pharmaceutical Services:

  1. 100% of requested prescription refills are filled within 4 business days
  2. 14,441 prescriptions filled at Free Clinic

Dental Services:

  1. 30% of patients had at least 2 dental cleanings in a 12-month period

The Counseling Center:

  1. 68% of appointments scheduled by clients were completed
  2. 99% participants in anger management groups demonstrated an increase in knowledge and coping strategies in dealing with anger control issues.

Healthy Families:

  1. 94% of participants received prenatal care visits as recommended by the schedule presented by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. 96% of babies born to the Prenatal Enrollees weighed at least 2500 grams
  3. 96% of children had a primary health provider within two months after enrollment or birth.
  4. 98% of children were screened at least annually for developmental delays
  5. 100% of children with suspected developmental delays who were referred for early intervention services were monitored to determine the outcome of the referral services

The Gateway Program:

  1. 91% of clients stayed substance abuse free during their time in the program

Child Care:

  1. 95% of students accepted new food/snack choices contributing to an improvement in healthier lifestyle

Home Delivered Meals:

  1. 100% of participants who have special health issues received extra nutritional supplements when requested by a health professional
  2. 84% of elderly recipients remain in their home for 90 days after beginning the service
  3. 76% of the elderly recipients remain in their home for 180 days after beginning the service.

Suicide Education & Prevention:

  1. Individuals received suicide prevention training of 1-3 hours
  2. 99% of participants demonstrated increased knowledge and skills

Out of School Time Childcare:

  1. 85% of youth enrolled participated in the Health Education and Physical Activity program contributing to a healthier lifestyle
  2. 70% of youth demonstrated a change toward healthy eating habits.

Sexual Assault Response Program:

  1. 100% of clients returning surveys indicated that the Sexual Assault Response Program services helped reduce stress and anxiety for the primary victim
  2. 60% of survivors served were in counseling or referred to SARP Community Support Group
  3. 304 victims received a referral and or assistance with Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. This fund will cover the cost of the ER exam.
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We believe in the vision of a thriving community where everyone has the opportunity to realize their full, human potential and attain self-sufficiency.